2015 entertainment news
Netflix in australia Jurassic World billion dollars One Direction split
You know when a parent calls to ask ‘what’s this TV streaming thing all about?’ that it’s made inroads. Either that or they caught an A Current Affair ‘story’ for the Channel Nine owned service, Stan. This was the year TV’S traditional free-to-air model took a hammering as Australians clambered to ride the digital train – led by the local launch of US behemoth Netflix in March, and supplemented by Stan and Presto. While the US service bizarrely stalled its launch to miss the new season of House of Cards, much of ‘new’ TV’S chatter was around Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Would anticipation mean another must-watch slice of telly? No. The same simple answer to enquiries about whether the sophomore season of True Detective was worth one’s time. To hammer home the dire state of commercial television, Channel Seven then delivered a programming ‘coup’ with extended Youtube promo Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud. What’s truly hilarious, and shameful, is it won its slot with just under a million viewers. Still, any tears lamenting the state of terrestrial telly were but a dry well compared to confirmation British boy band One Direction would, in fact, embark on several – set to disband this coming March, with Zayn already flying solo. Elsewhere, for the first time since 1977, people went back to the actual movies – lured by the promise of blockbusters (that is, remakes or updates of films that were once blockbusters). George Miller and Charlize Theron smashed Hollywood gender stereotypes in Mad Max, Chris Pratt climbed into an A-list carriage by battling a new plague of Spielberg dinosaurs, superheroes were again caught napping, while parents were back on the phone to discuss another new phenomenon, ‘S&M’, thanks to Christian Grey’s ropey bedroom antics.
THE GQ INSIGHT: Harry Styles will make it; Vince Vaughn is not Matthew Mcconaughey.